Priti Patel

How Boris Johnson Threatens the UK's Status as a Climate Leader

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Boris Johnson

This story is part of Covering Climate Now, a global collaboration of more than 220 news outlets to strengthen coverage of the climate story.  

The UK talks a good game on climate change, but its efforts may be about to go into reverse under Boris Johnson’s new government.

The country has committed to slashing emissions to “net zero” by 2050. UK coal-fired power stations are virtually a thing of the past. And it has been awarded the honour of hosting next year’s UN climate summit, in partnership with Italy.

But that’s where the good news ends.

Priti Patel

Priti Patel


  • Economics, Keele University. [1]
  • Postgraduate study in British government and politics, University of Essex. [1]


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Liz Truss

Liz Truss


  • B.A. Philosophy, Politics and Economics, Oxford University. [1]


Liz Truss became the UK's International Trade Secretary in July 2019 and is a Conservative MP for South West Norfolk. [2]

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Is Boris Johnson's Cabinet the Most Anti-Climate Action Ever?

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Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson conducted an extraordinary cull of government ministers on his first day as Prime Minister. His mission was mainly to bring in new, more pro-Leave blood to replace the supposed Brexit balance of Theresa May’s cabinet. 

But as a consequence, the UK now finds itself governed by a collection of some of the UK’s most right-wing politicians, some of whom have promoted climate science denial and many of whom have ties to pro-deregulation campaign groups based in and around Westminster's 55 Tufton Street.

Newly Appointed Government Special Advisers Linked to Brexit Climate Denier Network

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Theresa May arrives at Number 10

The names of those who have been appointed as special advisers in Prime Minister Theresa May’s new cabinet have been steadily trickling out these past few weeks.

Among these newly announced special advisors, or SpAds, are Nick Timothy – the man credited with the demise of the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) – and Rob Oxley of Vote Leave and the Taxpayers’ Alliance.

Meanwhile several others have previously worked on campaigns for Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson’s London mayoral candidacy, and many more of them formed part of Vote Leave’s core campaign staff.

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